This is a unique and exciting interplay between landscape, music and emotion. Combining fieldwork at ancient burial sites on the Island of Eigg and public engagement activities, including a website, exhibition, and lecture, this project aims to reconnect the landscape with its sonic environment. Through re-experiencing and re-interpreting the sonic environment of burial and funerals, we hope to learn more about why people choose specific locations for burial sites, their acoustic qualities, and the roles of music and sound during the burial process.
Fieldwork on Eigg took place in August 2014, and the results were displayed to members of the public as an audio-visual exhibition incorporating photographs, sounds, and information panels in Aberdeen in November and Stirling in December 2014, and at the St Donnan’s Festival on Eigg in 2015. The public lectures provided listeners with an overview of the historic uses of sound and landscape, and the experiences of re-constructing these funerary traditions in the present day.
An article based on the Eigg fieldwork was published in The Conversation in 2015: https://theconversation.com/how-to-recreate-a-viking-funeral-minus-the-human-sacrifice-39090.
Funeralscapes could not be possible without the support of the ‘How to Collaborate Virtually’ (H2CV) fund from the Centre for Academic Development at the University of Aberdeen and the researchers’ respective departments. We would also like to thank Gail and Iain from the Glasgow Vikings (www.glasgowvikings.co.uk) and Jim from Asgard Crafts (www.asgardcrafts.co.uk) for lending us re-enactment shields.
|Dr Shane McLeod (Shane.McLeod@utas.edu.au) is a University Associate (Research) in the School of History and Classics at the University of Tasmania, having previously been an Impact Research Fellow at the University of Stirling. He has a BA and PhD from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Viking and Early Medieval Studies from Uppsala University.His research focusses upon migration, ethnicity and identity during the Viking Age, particularly in Britain. He has written a monograph and a number of journal articles, some of which can be found HERE.|
|Dr Frances Wilkins (email@example.com) is Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen.Her research interests include Scottish and North American fiddle music and sacred singing traditions, English concertina performance, and traditional music education and transmission. She has conducted extensive field-based research into Scottish musical traditions, including sacred singing traditions along the North-East Scottish coast and in the Northern Isles.Since 2011 has been researching and recording the historical connections between Scottish and Cree fiddle music in the James Bay area of Canada. She has written articles and book chapters on her research and has been guest editor for academic publications including the peer-reviewed MUSICultures and Musikéjournals, and is website reviews editor for the world of music (new series) journal of ethnomusicology. More information on her research can be found on her research website and on the University of Aberdeen website.|
|Dr Carlos Galán-Díaz (Carlos.Galan-Diaz@glasgow.ac.uk) I am an environmental psychologist by training and as Research Impact Officer for the College of Social Sciences at Glasgow University I support the development and delivery of the College’s Knowledge-Exchange and Impact Strategy. I was the Impact Research Fellow for the RCUK funded dot.rural Digital Economy Hub at Aberdeen University for two and a bit years. Prior to that I worked in the Social, Economic and Geographic Sciences Group (SEGS) at The James Hutton Institute (2009-2013) and the Robert Gordon University where I did research, my PhD and Lecturing (2005-2009).I am confident and proficient with a social constructivist approach to research, and with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. My research interests include impact evaluation, monitoring and reporting; perspective-taking; well-being, and behaviour change and are linked by a profound interest in how people perceive, make sense and relate to each other and the world around them.|